From the Principal
As we returned to school this Term, in the beautiful autumn weather, we were blessed to celebrate together in a Mass for Nano Nagle. We are a big school, so sadly we don’t all fit in the Cathedral. Once a year we celebrate Mass together in the aptly named Nagle Centre. It was a lovely Mass and centred on Nano being a model for us to serve God through serving others.
As part of the regular five-year review process, the College is up for ‘validation’ this year. The Catholic Education Office has commissioned a survey for all parents and carers to undertake. It differs from our usual survey which we will return to next year. It would be appreciated if you could volunteer some time by supporting the College with your feedback – thanks in anticipation.
I hope to see you at a parent night or a breakfast in the near future
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Director of Pedagogy’s Blog
Staying connected in the senior years of schooling: Learning Conferences Years 7 – 12
Tameika Grist, Director of Pedagogy
Upcoming important dates and excursions
Thursday 2 May
- Year 7 – 12 Learning Conferences, Mary Morgan Wing (4.00pm – 7.00pm).
Tuesday 7 May
- Year 7 – 12 Learning Conferences, Mary Morgan Wing (4.00pm – 7.00pm).
Wednesday 8 April
- P&F Mother’s Day Breakfast, Top Ground (7.30am – 8.30am).
- Kinder Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, Classrooms (1.30pm – 2.30pm).
Wednesday 8 – 10 May
- Outdoor Education Camp (Year 9 Outdoor Education students), Fortescue Bay.
Thursday 9 May
- Youth Ministry Festival Day, Guilford Young College, Glenorchy (10.00am – 2.00pm).
Friday 10 May
- Year 12 Mother’s Day Breakfast, Common Room (7.00am).
Monday 13 May
- Cross Country (Year 3 – 12), Domain Athletics Centre (9.00am – 3.00pm).
Tuesday 14 May
- Year 11 and 12 (2020) Course Information Evening, Mary Morgan Wing (7.00pm).
Wednesday 15 May
- Novice Red Division Debating, St Mary’s College v New Town Hight School, venue to be advised (7.15pm).
Congratulations to the following students:
- Alanna Cooper (Year 12) who was selected in the 2019 Under 19 Tasmanian state netball team which was held in Brisbane.
- Meg Brewer (Year 4) who participated in a camp run by Brainways at the University of Tasmania achieving first place in the Year 1 – 4 storytelling program.
- Anna Blackwell (Year 12) who has been selected to represent Australia in the Under 20 10km race walk at the Oceania Area Championships in June 2019, after walking to a silver medal at the recent Australian Athletic Championships.
- Pia Rhodes (Year 11) who was selected in the state basketball under 18 team who compete in the national basketball championships. Pia competed with the team in Townsville over the holidays.
- Maya Bearman (Year 4) who has just been selected as part of the Tasmanian team for the Swimming School Sport Australia Championship which will be held in Melbourne this July.
- Lauren Shelton (Year 8) was recently selected to represent Tasmania in the Australian Little Athletics Championships. Lauren was also named Vice-Captain of the team.
- Amy Prokopiec and Georgia Alomes (Year 11) who have been selected in the Tasmanian Devils AFL squad.
- Clare Wanandy (Year 5) who will be reading an excerpt from her Stolen Generation essay at the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office Reconciliation Action Plan on Thursday 2 May.
- Taylah, Jacob, Isaac and Macey Hayes (Year 7, Year 2, Year 1 and Prep respectively) who competed in the Judo state titles. Taylah won two gold medals, Jacob received a gold and Isaac and Macey both received a silver.
We want to hear about your child’s significant achievements, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Expressions of interest for the College Board
Expressions of Interest for the position of Board Member are now being invited. Overall the Board plays an important role in providing sound governance to the College and supporting the Principal through providing strategic advice with respect to:
- Ensuring the school’s vision guides all areas of school life.
- Supporting the development of the Catholic identity, ethos and mission of the school.
- Contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of proposals for the school’s strategic direction (including for finances, buildings and other resources for the recurrent and long-term effective operations of the school).
- Formulating local policy for the conduct of the school in consultation with the staff, parents, students and volunteers of the school.
- Overseeing the implementation of the Catholic Education Commission Tasmania policy.
- Supporting the Principal and the Director of Business and Operations in viewing the school’s budget.
- Meetings are held on a monthly basis on Monday evenings from 4.30pm to approximately 6.30pm (eight meetings per year)
This position is appointed following a selection process with the Principal and Board Chair and is appointed for an initial three-year term. Board members can serve a maximum of two terms. The position would commence in Term 2.
Expressions of Interest should be forwarded to the Principal email@example.com by Wednesday 29 May 2019, outlining your interest in the role and your skills, attributes and experiences that could support the College in its mission of providing Catholic education in the Presentation tradition.
Please contact the Board Chair Nick Prokopiec, firstname.lastname@example.org, on mobile via 0419 425 168, if you have any questions about the role or the application process.
Woolworths Earn and Learn
St Mary’s will be participating in Woolworth’s Earn and Learn program this year. We’ll be earning equipment for the College from Wednesday 1 May until Thursday 25 June. To participate, simply collect your Earn and Learn stickers at the checkout and place them in the collection box, either in store or at the College. For more information, please visit their website.
Mother's Day Breakfast
St Mary’s College Parents and Friends’ Association warmly invites you to its Mother’s Day Breakfast which will be held on the College Green (Top Ground) on Wednesday 8 May from 7.30am – 8.30am. Mothers, daughters and sons are welcome to join us for pancakes, fruit salad, yoghurt, juice and coffee.
Bread tags for wheelchairs
Have you noticed the tiny plastic tags that hold our bags of fruit and bread shut?
Well, guess what? A charity called Bread Tags for Wheelchairs have turned these pesky little pieces of plastic into a life changing object.
Bread Tags for Wheelchairs is a fantastic, not-for-profit charity. Beginning in South Africa in 2006, the organisation was a huge success, with 500kg of bread tags coming in every month. Their purpose is to provide wheelchairs for disadvantaged people in South Africa. Bread Tags for Wheelchairs raise money by selling the bread tags to a plastics moulding company. Currently, the charity funds are providing approximately 36 wheelchairs each year.
The St Mary’s College Footprint Project and the Year 3 – 4 Extension group are supporting the charity and are asking our community for their support.
How can you help? Could students and parents place their bread tags in the bins that will be appearing in the line-up area and the Student Services in the next couple of weeks.
Thank you for your support!
Students take a stand for human rights
On 25 March, 12 St Mary’s Justice Action group members attended Justice Action Day, hosted this year by Hobart College. Organised by the Justice Action Network, the day focused on ethical consumerism and sustainability.
Students were able to attend a number of workshops, delivered by a range of notable organisations such as Fairtrade Australia, Teros, Stop the Traffik Australia, Etiko and Eumarrah.
The key messages focused on the environmental and human impacts of the fast fashion industry and the produce industry, particularly cocoa. Students learned that, currently, there are approximately 40 million slaves worldwide forced to work in such industries; 50 per cent are children, and 70 per cent are women.
The St Mary’s Justice Action students are empowered and motivated to deliver positive change to the lives of people working in the fast fashion industry and produce (cocoa) industry.
Throughout the rest of the year, the Justice Action Group aims to engage and educate other students and the wider community through a number of activities that promote ethical consumerism.
Thank you to Ms Raward, Mr de la Motte, and the St Mary’s students for participating in Justice Action Day: Grace Cox (Year 7), Lara Schultz (Year 8), Molly Topham (Year 9), Shreya Karunakara (Year 10), Jade Hay (Year 10), Isabella Cox, Emma Barry, Ashley Mitchell, Ava McInerney (Year 10), Lily Holloway and Lucy Ryan (Year 12).
Year 6 celebrate migration routes
At the end of last term, Year 6 students held their third annual migration exhibition. Students worked diligently throughout the term conducting research on Australia’s current existence as a multicultural society where everyone belongs.
We recognise that Aboriginal Australians have lived on this land for over 50,000 years, and since 1788, people have migrated here from all around the world, making Australia a country rich in diversity.
Our students have been finding out the reasons people have migrated over time, about governmental policies and about the changing cultural landscape of our society. There was a wonderful atmosphere full of colour, delicious food, fascinating information, multicultural dance and more. Funds were also raised for Project Compassion, an organisation working to end world poverty.
Thank you for the support of families who also got involved in helping bring together such a marvellous exhibition.
Students' art paints pretty picture
Junior School students were recently welcomed into the Art department where Year 5s were given the opportunity to explore art ideas, media and processes in the studios usually the domain of the Senior School. We’re looking forward to sharing their work with you over the coming weeks.
Year 9 tackle traditional dumpling-making
The College’s classroom doubled as a restaurant recently when Year 9 Chinese students tried their hand at the skillful art of dumpling making. The students showed off their Chinese language skills as they took on the roles of server and customer ordering their proudly made dumplings.
Surfers hang-ten at state competition
Congratulations to St Mary’s surfers who, despite the cooler weather, achieved some awesome results at the recent School Surfing Championships held at Clifton Beach.
- Mary Clingeleffer
- Samantha Rickwood
- Zali Kingston
- Millie Lane
- Amelia McMahon
- Emma Fenner
- Claire Ransom
- Olivia Read
- Cate Clingeleffer
A special mention goes to:
- Mary Clingeleffer (Year 9) who placed fourth in the Under 16 division two fiberglass board category.
- Samantha Rickwood (Year 9) who placed second in the Under 16 Longboard category.
- Zali Kingston (Year 9) who progressed to the semi-final.
- Maillie Lane (Year 9) who progressed to round three.
- Kate Clingeleffer (Year 7) who placed first overall from a field of more than 50 competitors.
Update for Parents and Friends
Give mum the VIP treatment this Mother’s Day
Give mum the VIP treatment with Entertainment! Packed with thousands of valuable offers across dining, retail, attractions and travel, an Entertainment Membership is the gift she can enjoy all year round. We think Mum will love it even more for supporting St Mary’s College, and knowing it helps a good cause.
Midford Uniform Shop Term trading hours
Midford Uniform shop will return to normal trading hours, opening on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.00 – 4.00pm.
Raising amazing girls
Join Dannielle Miller for a presentation on the issues affecting our daughters today. This seminar exposes the pain of teen-girl world. Dannielle reveals the reasons why so many teen girls today are stressed, overwhelmed, exhausted and angry. She draws upon her years of experience as an educator and student welfare advocate. The one-hour talk is by turns shocking, inspiring, humorous, emotional – and ultimately empowering to you as a parent.
The seminar will be held at Collegiate on Monday 20 May from 6.00pm. Tickets are $5. More information can be found here.
2019 regional hockey challenge
The Regional Challenge (JLW Tournament) is an annual event held in June on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Each region (south, north and north-west) is invited to enter representative teams in three age groups (Under 13, Under 15 and Under 18; Boys and Girls) with patriation being the main theme. The matches will be held on Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 of June. For more information, please visit Hockey Tasmania’s website.
Information evening for parents of gifted children
The Tasmanian Association for the Gifted will be holding a seminar with Lynne Maher on how to support your gifted child. The evening will be held at Golburn Street Primary School on Thursday 30 May from 7.30pm and is free for members and $5 for non-members. Please click here.
Get into hockey information evening